Tonight I was contacted by another descendant of W.T. Hightower, a merchant from Nashville. This is the second descendant in the past six months. I love it!
With that, I decided to look again at the family of William Thomas Hightower Sr. and I found a couple of more census records to add to their tree.
With some more online searching, I located a reference to W.T. in the book Evidence of Progress Among Colored People by G.F. Richings, published in 2005. In the book, it mentions that “W.T. Hightower started a business as a dealer in old rags and iron with a capital of 25 cents. He now owns a large brick building and a beautiful home.”
Many others from Nashville are also mentioned in the book, including J.C. Napier, Preston A. Taylor, Dr. R.F. Boyd, and others. I’ll have to look at this more closely.